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PA Consulting Group Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "Increasing pressure to travel makes it difficult for work life balance with families" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Lots of public sector clients (not necessarily a negative depending on your perspective)" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Exciting opportunities and a great culture"

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    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As someone who is new to consulting but experienced in software engineering, PA has been a breath of fresh air. I have had opportunities in my first months here that I never had after years elsewhere. Some of the unique pros for me are:
    - Collaborative culture
    - Ability to influence the working environment
    - Transparent career path
    - Management are hands on and approachable
    - Travel opportunities (depending on project)
    - Communication from senior management is frequent and transparent
    - Variable technology stack and ability for teams to decide on their own technologies to use

    Cons

    - Some projects can be a bit hectic
    - Some projects are not as exciting as others

    Advice to Management

    As Digital grows, try to preserve the current culture. In my experience, communication has been excellent and the collaborative culture across all of PA is something i've never come across before.


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    More communication needed from the senior management

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, ability to chart a career

    Cons

    London/UK centric thinking; bureaucracy; lack of brand name in the US


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and potential for international work

    Cons

    There is limited business growth


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A company that's so close to being phenomenal"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PA has all of the right pieces of a top-class consulting firm: smart people, a world-class research and technology division, and fancy PowerPoint templates. There's often plenty of work to be done, and internal networking can prove to be a fruitful use of one's time. In the UK, the name brand recognition is on par with Big-4 consulting firms. Projects are as rewarding/cutting-edge as you can find in consulting.

    Cons

    Incoherent branding and strategy execution. Very rigid partner model which discourages risk taking. Moves a lot more slowly and un-sexy than it appears from the outside. Carlyle's ownership means costs will be cut and work environments will be less than pleasant. Buzzwords everywhere. Management is very hush hush and inaccessible.

    Advice to Management

    Actually act upon your company-wide survey :)


  6. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great culture

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are considerably less than what market is paying


  7. Helpful (4)

    "No diversity, does not offer market rates"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great, intelligent. Some interesting assignments

    Cons

    Great company if you’re a white, male professional. If you’re not, good luck. Very little diversity. Company does not have fair practices- some people seem to be offered a flexible, work from home schedule while others don’t seem to be given the opportunity. Clear signs of favouritism. Poor communication across the board. Very little by way of support staff. What happened to payroll? My taxes are a mess due to travel not being accounted for.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.. you have us complete surveys, etc. and then all goes quiet. What happens to this information?

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized management, smart consultants, disconnected from the brand"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great smart people, motivated consultants. Unfortunately smart partners that they bring in, end up failing or leaving because the antiquated culture allows for complacency

    Cons

    Smart people are frustrated with the paternalistic and out date view the UK has about consulting in the US

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your competitors do, if you could simply operate that way, you'd have a better business


  9. Helpful (2)

    "poor communication"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with terrific clients, great colleagues. nice office locations.

    Cons

    the biggest issue i had working at PA was the poor communication between teams - and country managements. this led to may misunderstandings that were completely unnecessary. Working with the clients was great but the internal politics was a mess.


  10. "Great Company, has management challanges"

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    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PA Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong opportunities and ability to grow

    Cons

    Poor senior management in some areas of the business is limiting growth